HOOPS: Bone plays host to PG this weekend

WITH THE EARLY signing period in hoops on the horizon, WSU hoops coach Ken Bone and his staff have been working overtime on the recruiting front and it continues this weekend in Pullman. The Cougs will play host to a playmaking point guard from the JC ranks who tells CF.C Washington State is in his final three.

Chad Frazier (6-4, 185 pounds) said he will arrive at WSU on Thursday evening.

The point guard out of Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. averaged 15.0 points per game last season as a freshman along with three assists and three rebounds.

In addition to Washington State, Frazier holds offers from Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Northern Arizona and UNC-Charlotte. However, Frazier told CF.C he recently trimmed his list to three, with WSU, Oklahoma State and NAU making the final cut.

WSU OFFERED FRAZIER in late July, with new assistant coach Ray Lopes taking the lead on his recruitment. Lopes attended the Junior College All-American showcase on July 21 in Aiken, South Carolina to watch Frazier compete. Lopes clearly liked what he saw, and then so too did Ken Bone.

"WSU had never seen me or contacted me before the camp but Coach Lopes called me (after) and told there was an offer on the table," Frazier said. "He showed Coach Bone some of my game film as well and they're been on me ever since."

Frazier said he and Lopes keep in close contact and have built a strong bond.

"We've talked about every week since we met at the camp," Frazier said. "He's really a down to earth guy. He came down here last week to visit and we talked for a long time."

FRAZIER SAID WAZZU stands out because of the Pac-12 competition and NBA talent the conference has produced over the last few years. There's one thing in particular he wants to see during his visit to the Palouse.

"I want to see how the environment is," Frazier said. "I'm going to the football game on Saturday and I want to see how the support is from the fans with their sports teams."

Standing in WSU's way could be NAU or Oklahoma State. Frazier visited NAU on Aug. 24 and Oklahoma State on Aug. 31. Both schools, he said, are dead even with WSU.

"I really like Northern Arizona because their coaching staff came from Memphis and they recruited me there, so I've had a good relationship with them for a long time," Frazier said. "At Oklahoma State I think I could get a lot of playing time and I like them because they're in the Big 12 and I'd be playing against NBA talent every night."

Frazier, who is scheduled to graduate with his AA in May, said he hopes to have his college decision in the next few weeks and doesn't plan on taking any more trips.

The early signing period runs from Nov. 14-21.

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